Cellulitis is normally caused and accompanied by bacterial infection on the skin, which is responsible for the discomfort and itchiness. It can attack virtually any part of the human body though it is normally visible on a person’s arms and legs. This reddish portion will begin to be itchy and even have some type of burning sensation. Normally, the first medical treatment that will be administered will involve antibiotics to eradicate the bacteria. Here are some tips on how to treat cellulitis with antibiotics.
Visit a doctor. Common sense dictates that if you notice something abnormal on your skin accompanies by certain symptoms like pain and itchiness, you immediately go to a physician and get it checked out. As previously described, once you see and feel cellulitis on your skin, make a run for the nearest clinic and get it checked out. Now, if your condition is mild, you will probably be prescribed a treatment involving antibiotics taken orally. However, if your cellulitis is severe, then the physician may have to confine you and provide you with antibiotics administered intravenously. In any case, make sure your physician checks you out and see to it that you are given treatment. Do not let the condition linger on before seeking medical attention as it can lead to more complications that you really don’t want to experience.
Get the prescription. Once your doctor checks your medical history and the cellulitis-affected area, he will provide you a prescription of antibiotics, which are normally penicillin-based antibiotics like cephalosporin. Depending on the severity of your cellulitis, he will prescribe taking the antibiotics for a 7 to 14 day period. Prior to the prescription, make sure to tell your doctor the different medication that you take regularly so that he can make sure to prescribe antibiotics that will not conflict with them.
Complete the antibiotic regimen. Alright, once you have been given a prescription, go ahead and purchase all the medication prescribed and take them religiously according to the instructions on the prescription. For instance, if the doctor instructed you to take 500mg cephalosporins 3 times a day then make sure you do not miss any dose. The results will not be positive if you don’t follow the dosage prescribed. After completing the prescribe regimen, you may notice that the cellulitis disappearing if not yet completely removed. This is because the antibiotics did its job of eradicating the bacteria infecting the area. On the other hand, if the medication proves to be ineffective, then you may need to go back to your doctor and have him adjust the medication for an injected cephalosporin treatment.
There are other antibiotic regimens that can be prescribed and administered to you to treat cellulitis but these will depend on the severity and if the first line of antibiotics cannot diminish the infection. Make sure to keep visiting the doctor to get what you need. Remember to avoid alcoholic drinks while on antibiotics since it will negate the bacteria-fighting effect. If you need pain or itch relief, the doctor and prescribe a cream or oral relief medicine as well.